What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in September

What will you learn today? Lifelong learning opportunities abound at Libraries Tasmania.

Time for a spring change? Libraries Tasmania offers more than you expect. Try:

Dreaming with eyes open… the Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition

The Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition has now closed. Thank you to all the children who submitted a bookmark, your designs are brilliant.

If walls could talk: researching the stories and histories of Tasmanian buildings, now open!

Have you ever wondered about the origins of your own home or familiar and loved buildings in your area?

The Tasmanian Archives is your doorway to the history of buildings in Tasmania, including perhaps your own home. You could find out who lived there before you, who designed it, and exactly when it was built.  

Does architecture spark your interest? Visit If walls could talk: researching the stories and histories of Tasmanian buildings, a display now on at the State Library and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room. These historic photographs, films, maps, deeds and house plans all reveal a rich insight into the significance of place.

Enjoy the rich photography of Cecil Percy Ray in the online album or in person. His beautiful images capture not only the variety of house styles in early twentieth century Tasmania, but also quirky moments in the everyday life of the building inhabitants.

In November you will be able to take a behind the scenes tour of the State Library and Archives building in Hobart as part of Open House Hobart. Stay tuned…

A deliciously chocolatey exhibition arrives at Burnie Library this month

Did you sample the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory exhibition ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont in Hobart or Glenorchy? If not, there is another chance.

Explore the history of chocolate making in Tasmania at Burnie Library for the whole month of September. Visit in person at Burnie Library, 30 Alexander Street Burnie.

Still can’t make it in person? Go online to see some incredibly rich images from our collection and read the story behind the photos on the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage blog.

Grabbing everything online these days?

Get your hands on the most popular new release titles on your device for free via the eLibrary. Visit our free online catalogues for children and youth. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, keeping you up to date with events, exhibitions, and the latest news.

Go to Eventbrite, and search ‘Libraries Tasmania’ for spring school holiday activities, Adult Learners Week sessions and more.

Register for activities at our libraries around the state on Eventbrite, including:

If you need help discovering our resources, contact your local library.

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in August

August is Family History Month!

Take part in our many Family History events around the state at your local library, the State Library and Archives building or visit our Libraries Tasmania website and discover more.

Did you know we have dedicated historians researching our collection?

Read about treasures and records in our State Library and Tasmanian Archives blog, by Libraries Tasmania historians bringing our collections to life.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook where we keep you in touch with online book clubs, competitions and the latest!

Learn something new this month

Get involved with Family History Month and listen to our history talks in person at the State Library and Archives building in Hobart, or online at Libraries Tasmania SoundCloud.

It’s Children’s Book Week 2022!

Get involved with the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week 2022 from 20–26 August and attend our Book Week events around Tasmania at your local library.

Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition

Design a bookmark and go into the draw to have your artwork professionally printed and shared with people right across the state in libraries.

Celebrate Book Week 2022 with us by designing a bookmark that explores this year’s theme, “Dreaming with eyes open…”

The competition is open to all school age children and young people in Tasmania. The five winners (one from each age category) will have their design professionally printed and made available at our public libraries.

Pick up an entry form at your local library or download it here. Entries open Monday 25 July and close Friday 26 August 2022.

Unable to get to the library in person?

Download our Libby app on your phone or tablet and manage your family’s loans and holds with our excellent Libraries Tasmania lending app.

Cadbury’s exhibition at Glenorchy this month

Did you sample the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory exhibition ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont? If not, there is another chance to see it.

The Cadbury’s exhibition is now on at Glenorchy Library for the whole month of August – visit in person at 4 Terry Street Glenorchy or go online to see some incredibly rich images from our collection and read the blog.

Explore a part of our library you never knew existed

Libraries Tasmania houses a wealth of records and treasures – known as our Tasmanian Archives. Search for historical paintings, photographs, rare books, maps or manuscripts just to name a few. Remember you can learn how to explore the archives supported by our helpful staff.

Does your family have Tasmanian ancestry? Look into your past using our Tasmanian Names Index, a treasure trove of digitised records that may hold the key to your family secrets.

Attend our family history events this month at your local library or at the State Library and Archives building in Hobart, where a series of historical talks will run throughout August. To attend in person or to register for webinars go to Eventbrite. For more information about Family History Month events including a program, follow this link.

Register for activities at our libraries around the state on Eventbrite (search for Libraries Tasmania):

And activities for kids on Eventbrite:

If you need help discovering our resources, contact your local library.

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in June

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in June

Celebrate winter – dive into dark nights and discover Stories After Dark at the State Library and Archives building in Hobart on 18 June!

What happens inside Hobart’s iconic 91 Murray Street building when the lights go out?

You will have the chance to find out, as the doors stay open after dark… and the walls, ceilings, floors and stairwells light up to become a mesmerising digital canvas.

Stories After Dark is open to the public on Saturday 18 June from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Libraries Tasmania, 91 Murray Street, Hobart. This is a free, family-friendly event. For more information see our Facebook and Eventbrite pages.

Winter is here … Enjoy our collections from the comfort of your couch

Choose a cosy corner of your choice to curl up with a book from our lending collection. Or simply browse new items and place holds from your phone using our new lending app.

If it’s too cold to go out, select an e-book or watch a movie from our expanding eLibrary, stream through Beamafilm or enjoy browsing through the Australasian Video Online films and documentaries.

It’s Pride Month, when we celebrate the culture and achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Intersex, Queer and gender diverse individuals and communities and progress.

Our librarians have curated a special list of eBooks to mark the occasion: Love isn’t the only thing at stake in the enemies-to-lovers e-story Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert. The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through in the delightful queer love story Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune. See our permanent list of LGBTIQA+ eBooks on our website here.

Let our music collections shape your day

Harbour a quiet preference for classical or world music? Discover Naxos Music Library – stream free content from your phone, tablet or PC. Change it up with Naxos Jazz for something new. 

What stories in your past are held by our treasure trove?

Get Curious! Discover your own stories by digging deeper into our Tasmanian Archives to find your family’s convict records, photos, orphan home records and more.

Help a friend rediscover the joy of reading

Did you know Libraries Tasmania is helping hundreds of adults become better readers? If you know someone who needs literacy support, encourage them to ask about help with reading and writing at their local library.

Warm up with an exhibition or three!

Spoil yourself and enjoy our warm exhibition spaces this month! Get Curious and take your time amongst our displays and exhibitions:

  • The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Listen and watch the installation and learn more about the vibrant retelling of the Tasmanian Aboriginal history of Tasmania.

Have you driven through Geilston Bay in Hobart recently and wondered about the new mural on our repository?

The mural on the walls of the new Geilston Bay Repository was commissioned as part of the Arts Tasmania and Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme. The work, Waves of Time, was created by contemporary artist Josh Foley.

Register for activities at our public libraries around the state on Eventbrite:

And activities for kids on Eventbrite:

If you need help discovering our resources, contact your local library.


What’s on at Libraries Tasmania this May


Visit Libraries Tasmania this May and find something to enjoy at any age!

Join us for National Simultaneous Storytime on 25 May at your local library.

Each year a story written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read at the same time across Australia. This year’s book is Family Tree, written by Josh Pyke and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh.

Take the grandkids for a morning out at Rock & Rhyme or Storytime

Remember singing rhymes to the kids when they were little? Rediscover the joy of singing in a small group at our Rock & Rhyme and Storytime sessions, on at your local library.

Spaces for everyone

In a mood to simply relax? Come in and find a quiet spot to sit and reflect, read a magazine, catch up with friends or surf the internet. Libraries have spaces for everyone to enjoy.

We love our volunteers! This month, we are celebrating the volunteers who make such a large contribution to Libraries Tasmania.

Have you thought of volunteering at Libraries Tasmania?

Celebrate National Volunteer Week by registering your interest – there are various roles to choose from.

The library in your pocket

All members have access to our eLibrary. You can connect using your own device.

Download eBooks or eAudiobooks to your phone for free and access them when it suits you.

Did you know that you can manage your library membership and loans using the Libraries Tasmania Lending app? Download the app today.   

Open the magic world of Story Box Library for free with your library membership – view Australian and New Zealand storytellers reading aloud selected children’s books.

No fixed address?

Whether you are couch-surfing at a friend’s, or staying in temporary accommodation, visit your local library and become a member. We have relaxed our address requirements to make it easier for you. Access all our resources, for free, anywhere.

Discover the true story of William Lanney

The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Attend one of the thought-provoking discussions in May at the Allport to learn more about the life of William Lanney.  

Enjoy the history of Cadbury’s at Claremont

Marvel over chocolate wrapper designs from the 1930s.

Visit the latest display ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont, now on at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room.

If you can’t make it in person, take a peek at some incredible images from Cadbury’s.

The Tasmanian Archives Research Files 

How do we make sure that remote researchers have access to the same research material as locals?

These files can now be discovered through a simple search in the Tasmanian Names Index. Read more here.

Register for activities at our public libraries around the state on Eventbrite:

And activities for kids on Eventbrite:

If you need help finding our wonderful resources, contact your local library.

The library is your oyster

This April, we are inviting you to explore all that we have on offer.

Enjoy our exhibitions and displays.

Experience the delights of chocolate making in Tasmania’s south.

Visit the latest display ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont, now on at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room and online.

Looking for a contemporary retelling of Tasmanian history?

The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Experience the story of William Lanney as it’s never been told before.

Can’t come to an exhibition in person? Go behind the scenes with the Allport Curator and artists online.

Join a program or event for adults, at our public libraries across the state:

Or, for the kids:

Visit Eventbrite for events at your local library.

Have you ever wanted to join a book club?

We are partnering with Overdrive to bring you two virtual book clubs.

Ben’s Book Club is hosted by bestselling author Ben Hobson and focuses on a new book each month. Library Lovers is hosted by bestselling Maya Linnell and looks at books and magazines.

Each month you can download the selected titles with no holds or waitlist using the Libby App or from the OverDrive website using your Libraries Tasmania membership.

Expect interactive discussions with some of Australia’s most loved authors.

Register your interest online:

Big Library Read

Join in the Big Library Read from 4 to 18 April when readers around the world will all be reading the same book at the same time! This year’s title is Music is History by Questlove.

Our spaces are for everyone

Find a quiet space in the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room, and study, work, or read in comfort.

Visit your local library to enjoy the children’s area and family friendly spaces.

Discover local and Tasmanian history through access to resources online and in person at your local library.

Or satisfy your curiosity by reading magazines, connecting with a class, or doing your own research… the choice is yours.

If you need help accessing any of our wonderful resources, contact your local library.


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Hello, have we met?

The library is here for you. Whether you’re visiting in person or online, you can enjoy having an extra place to spend time – at your library!

The last few years have changed how we live and communicate. Libraries Tasmania is here to help you adapt to the changing times through our digital literacy sessions and helpful IT volunteers! Why not see if there is a digital session near you on Eventbrite?

We’re here for you! Make the library your space. If you need help accessing any of our wonderful resources, send us a message, call or talk to your local library. No matter where you are, Libraries Tasmania is a safe and welcoming space to choose books, use the computer or just sit and listen to music. Visit our website for contact details.

Do you love your library? Why not pop in and collect a free “I Love My Library” bumper sticker or “Follow your curiosity” bookmark?

Have you been to the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts?

Nestled within the State Library and Tasmanian Archives building at 91 Murray Street Hobart, is the hidden gem the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts. The unmissable exhibition Vision of a palawa, showcasing Rodney Gardner’s contemporary watercolours, and illustrations from the Tasmanian Archives, is open with free entry until 12 March 2022.

Go behind the scenes with contemporary artist Rodney Gardner.

If you can’t catch the exhibition watch behind the scenes footage of the exhibition and learn about Rodney Gardner’s artistic practice online.

Isn’t it good, Taswegian Wood

Listen to our very own State Library of Tasmania Librarian, Ali Marchant, discuss the history of willow in Tasmania with ABC presenter Helen Shield.

Learn about experiments in growing cricket bat willow trees and a wooden cricket pitch on the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Blog.

March is for…. exploring programs and events at a library near you!

Leap into something new this March! Why not learn a new tech skill? Or discover your family history?

Come along this month:

  • Join the Tuesday Book Club at Devonport, for those who want to have a chat and discover a new read.
  • Want to know what’s happening in the tech world? Tech-Talk and Tea at Devonport Library explores the latest technology in a question-friendly session.
  • Family History DNA @ Bridgewater Library will help you discover how to get a DNA test for Family History research.
  • You can even watch a movie at Bridgewater Library’s free showing of The Railway Man.
  • Get active and have a mental health chat at the Rosny Library Wellness Walk held every month.
  • Refresh your knowledge or start from scratch with Internet and Computer basics at Hobart Library.
  • Embrace the opportunity to chat with fellow budding authors at Kingston Library’s Writers’ Space.

Can’t make it to a library space? Browse the eLibrary or view our film collections and past online programs on YouTube. Check out our carefully selected eBooks for children and adults, and eBooks for reading in various community languages for Harmony Week.

To discover the full range of exciting events, see Eventbrite.

Did you know..?

Libraries Tasmania is a place for everyone. We have around 2.4 million visits to our libraries each year from devoted members and curious visitors.

Our offerings are just as diverse as our community, and we’ve got something for you!   

Did you know… you can access free online streaming as a Libraries Tasmania member?

Forget about Netflix. Your library membership gives you direct access to Beamafilm. Watch movies, documentaries and tv shows for free from the convenience of your own device.

Did you know… about our exciting programs and books for kids?

Visit your library with your child to find out more about our Rock & Rhyme and Storytime programs and connect with other families.

Borrow a baby book pack to help your child develop language and literacy and build a life-long love of reading.

Did you know… we have bilingual picture and board books?

Borrow a bilingual picture book or board book and read and learn with your child in your preferred language. Place a hold via the library catalogue, or contact us for help.

Did you know… about our helpful workshops for adults who want to keep learning?

Find a free computer class at your local library and keep learning about the digital world.

Would you or a friend like reading, writing or maths to be easier? Drop into your local library and ask about our literacy service to find out about how we can help.

To see what’s on at your local library, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or contact your local library directly.

Did you know… you are welcome in our comfortable public spaces?

Relax, meet up with friends, recharge your phone or use a computer.

Connect with others by coming into your local library and find new hobbies like reading world news in a language other than English using our eLibrary’s online magazines and newspapers.

Did you know… about the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts?

Libraries Tasmania is the custodian of thousands of treasured pieces of Tasmania’s history. Some can be found at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit the Allport and experience the current exhibition Vision of a palawa, as well as the permanent living collection of nationally significant Tasmanian colonial paintings, photographs, rare books and more…

Can’t visit the Allport in person? Explore the collections from your couch by viewing our online exhibitions, or keep up with the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage news online.

Did you know… you can chat to a librarian?

Do you have a burning research question? If you’re looking for research help, you can get in touch directly with one of our librarians. Ask a librarian today!

The above is just a snapshot of what you can expect to find at Libraries Tasmania. To find out more visit libraries.tas.gov.au.

Relax and explore this January

We are settling into summer at Libraries Tasmania, and this January it’s all about discovery.  

Escape into one of our online exhibitions from the comfort of your lounge room where you can view early paintings and photographs of Tasmania’s beautiful beaches or explore the wilds of the Tasmanian wilderness

Find your new favourite book in our eLibrary, sit back and relax with a magazine, or pick up one of the fresh new arrivals waiting to be borrowed. Don’t forget to check out the annual Libraries Tasmania Top 10s when they’re announced on 17 January!

Our librarians have been busy compiling eBook and eAudiobook recommendations for you this summer! Take a look here:

Visit the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts and enjoy our latest exhibition, Vision of a palawa. This unmissable exhibition features watercolours by Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Rodney Gardner, alongside the newly uncovered original drawings of 19th century French artist Nicolas-Martin Petit.

Join in at one of our workshops across the state:

For the kids… We have a host of exciting activities for those young explorers. Take a look at the Libraries Tasmania summer holiday program and register for Solve It @ Your Library. Your child can even go in the draw to win a Nintendo Switch.

To find out what else is on offer and to register, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or contact your local library. Bookings are essential.

November is… Trying something new!


In November at Libraries Tasmania, we are trying out new things, engaging with different ideas, and developing skills!

Developing skills and thinking a little differently is a great way to keep your mind active and engaged. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, rediscovering one of your passions or interested in meeting people, we can help you along the way.

November events and workshops:

Learn something new online…

Are you keen to learn, but can’t come into the library in person? If so, you might be interested in reading the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage blog, viewing one of our online exhibitions or watching one of the incredible films from the Tasmanian Archives.

If you have a special interest that isn’t covered in one of our workshops, try searching the Libraries Tasmania catalogue and order a book on the topic via our holds service.

November for the kids…

The little ones are always learning, and as usual, we have something to engage the youngest to the oldest of the lot.

Our events do book out, so make sure you register today!

To find out what’s on offer, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.

October is… Celebrating literacy!

This month we’re celebrating literacy in all its forms: reading and writing, numeracy, digital literacy, and media and information literacy!

Supporting the literacy skills of Tasmanians and encouraging everyone to keep learning throughout life is one of our main aims at Libraries Tasmania. We foster this activity in the community through coordinated workshops, one-to-one and group tuition and by providing access to information and resources to help people at all stages of their learning journey.

While we focus on this important work all year round, in October specific events such as Get Online Week and 26TEN Week really shine a light on this incredibly important topic and remind us all that there’s always something new to learn.

So, to inspire you, here’s a snapshot of the literacy activities on offer at our libraries this month:

  • Staying Connected While Being Apart @ Ulverstone Library
  • Digital Mentors @ Sheffield Library and Latrobe Library
  • All You Need to Know About Data and Public WiFi @ Devonport Library
  • Literacy, Learning and Libraries Celebration Morning Tea @ Penguin Library
  • Rock & Rhyme and eSafety Awareness Session @ Devonport Library

You can also find literacy tutorials, eResources and tools through our Niche Academy portal and through our Learning Support hub on our website.

October is also… a big community events month!

Across our libraries, you’ll find activities and resources for the following important events:

  • Mental Health Week: 4 to 11 October
  • Anti-Poverty Week: 11 to 17 October
  • Seniors Week: 11 to 17 October
  • Get Online Week: 18 to 24 October
  • 26TEN Week: 25 to 29 October
  • Media and Information Literacy Week: 24 to 31 October

Through Libraries Tasmania, you have access to so many pathways to improve your literacy skills (or those of someone you know), whatever your age or situation – it’s as simple as contacting a library and asking what they have on offer to support your needs.

To find out what’s on offer, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or check directly with your local library.